AEG Going Dark

Sixty AEG venues are turning out the lights March 31. No, they’re not closing. It’s for Earth Hour.

The global promoter and venue operator is joining millions of people and businesses to participate in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour, during which the lights go off for an hour in a public display of energy conservation. This is AEG’s fourth year participating.

Some of the venues participating March 31 at 8 p.m. include the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., L.A. Live including Staples Center, Nokia Theatre and Club Nokia, The O2 in London as well as O2 World in Berlin, Target Center in Minneapolis and The Warfield in San Francisco.

“Being a part of Earth Hour is one of the many ways we engage our guests and staff in our day-to-day commitment to reduce our environmental operations around the globe,” said AEG Global Sustainability Director Jennifer Regan.

In 2010 AEG formalized its commitment to sustainability by launching the AEG 1EARTH program and sustainability report. Ongoing investments include solar energy in Los Angeles, Stockholm and Sydney, Australia, as well as LEED-certified green building design and operations.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million people and now spreads through the globe on such landmarks as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Coca-Cola’s billboard at Times Square in New York City.